This study aimed to determine optimal strength of sinogram-affirmed iterative reconstruction (SAFIRE) and to evaluate image quality (IQ) of low-dose chest computed tomography (LDCT) using SAFIRE compared with iterative reconstruction in image space (IRIS) and filtered back projection (FBP).Methods
Thirty patients underwent LDCT. Computed tomography (CT) was reconstructed using 5 strengths of SAFIRE (S1-S5), IRIS, and FBP. Objective noise of CT was measured. Two radiologists evaluated CT for subjective IQ, beam-hardening artifacts, and overall IQ.Results
Measured noise was highest in FBP, followed by S1, S2, S3, IRIS, S4, and S5. S2 and S3 demonstrated significantly higher overall IQ scores than the other strengths (P < 0.05). Overall IQ and beam-hardening artifacts of S2 and S3 were significantly better than those in FBP and IRIS (P < 0.001).Conclusions
S2 or S3 strengths of SAFIRE can be used practically in clinical routines and may have more potential than IRIS and FBP for LDCT with improved IQ.